Rumor: Pacers interested in acquiring T.J. Warren
The Indiana Pacers figure to be one of the most active teams of this upcoming NBA offseason. The Pacers have a number of players who will be unrestricted free agents, but they also might have up to $43 million in cap space as they try to build around Victor Oladipo.
There is no real sense of whether or not the Pacers might be able to attract a max free agent, but they are insistent on shaking things up. President Kevin Pritchard said Indiana will be looking for offensive playmakers, but they also need some more reliable scorers.
As such, Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype is reporting that the Pacers may be in the market for Phoenix Suns swingman T.J. Warren:
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) June 20, 2019
Warren has emerged as a legitimate scoring threat as a member of the Suns. He averaged close to 20 points per game in the 2017-18 season, and he shot nearly 43 percent from beyond the arc this past year (albeit in just 43 games).
But the Suns have been shopping Warren for the past few years. With the development of Mikal Bridges as a two-way player, Warren and Josh Jackson have become more expendable.
Warren has a pretty team-friendly contract, as he will not be eligible to make more than $12.7 million through the 2021-22 season.
Meanwhile, the Pacers would get some more shooting and scoring from the perimeter, something they desperately need particularly if they let both Darren Collison and Bojan Bogdanovic walk in free agency.
The Pacers have the No. 18 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, which they might dangle in front of Phoenix if they are intent on adding a player who can immediately step in and fill it up.